31st May, 2016
After being home for 4 weeks following our last 6 week trip, we were ready to head off for another adventure to the west. This time we will be doing a Kimberley Cruise out of Broome from the 23rd June and returning on the 1st July. Then we will spend time exploring the central parts of WA that we have yet to visit.
We gradually worked through our “to do” list and everything was falling into place for our planned departure this morning. Four new tyres on the Landcruiser, new tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and countless other “essentials” were under control. By 8am we were hitched up and just had a few bits and pieces to do in the van before saying farewell to our neighbours and hitting the road for our 5 month trip.
Whilst completing those last minute odds and ends in the van, I heard an incessant beeping. On investigation, the noise was coming from the TPMS in the vehicle. The left rear tyre had lost pressure from 50 psi to 18 psi. Panic stations – almost! Erich pumped up the tyre and we waited to see what would happen. The tyre was holding its pressure so we decided to take the whole rig to the tyre installer to have them check that all was well. We said farewell to our lovely neighbours, Peter and Helen, gave them the remote control for the garage and the key to the i30 which they will run for us from time to time and set off to the tyre dealer in Maryborough. The wheel was taken off and tested for leaks etc. and the consensus was that the TPMS on that tyre may not have been securely attached, letting air out of the tyre.
Feeling quite relieved we set off for our planned first night camp at Calliope River. We had been warned that this campsite would be extremely busy so we chose the south side of the river where there are no facilities making it a little less popular with our fellow campers. And so it proved to be. There was plenty of room to choose a level spot. In the later afternoon we walked across the bridge to the other side where it was fairly busy, though we could have found a spot there as well. I noticed a Boroma van parked down the back but didn’t take much notice. Later, when we were back at our van, fellow RVHB residents and owners of the Boroma, John and Cheryl, called by to say hello. They had seen us wandering around on the north side and recognised Erich and his camera! They are heading to the Cape with friends so we will only see them again in November when we are all back at home.
Once the sun sank behind the trees on the north side of the river, the temperature dropped considerably and we retreated to the warmth of the van. Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for a low of 15 degrees which is not too bad but we have taken the precaution of removing the gas heater exhaust cover so that, if it is colder, we don’t have to get out of bed to turn on the heater.
The van seems to be listing to the left here but it is fairly level.
A nice vista of the Calliope River.
A couple of the locals came to visit.